Requesting Changes to Your Aid

Appeals for Reconsideration

Financial aid eligibility is calculated based on the information provided on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Income and asset information is evaluated using a formula called Federal Methodology as set by Congress. The formula assumes that previous year’s income, assets, and family size are good predictors of a family’s financial strength. Based on this assumption, financial aid eligibility is determined using previous year income information. However, the Department of Education gives Student Financial Services the authority to use Professional Judgment on a case by case basis to adjust elements in the federal need analysis to take into consideration a family’s special circumstances.

Supporting documentation must be provided when an Appeal for Reconsideration is submitted. The Student Financial services Appeal Committee anticipates it will begin reviews for the academic year no earlier than September.  Therefore, it is important that you determine alternative methods of payment for Fall and Spring of the academic year until your Appeal can be considered.  The student and/or parent(s) have the primary responsible for any financial obligation that may exist prior to the completion of the review process.

PLEASE NOTE:  Appeals for Reconsideration generally result in additional loan eligibility only or a federal Pell grant..  Additional institutional grant funding is not awarded based on recent changes in financial circumstance.

For more detailed information about the conditions under which an appeal can be filed, please review the "Appeal for Reconsideration" form for the appropriate academic year, which is available on our Forms page.